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EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

After earning a BA in Psychology with honors from the University of Portland in 2004 and working as a research assistant and data analyst at UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, the University of San Francisco, and San Francisco State University, Michaela enrolled in a graduate program to become a psychologist.

While working toward her PhD in Clinical Psychology on scholarship from the University of Notre Dame, she conducted research in the Body Image and Eating Disorders Laboratory. She also served as a teaching assistant and lab instructor in the Department of Psychology, and provided clinical therapy on rotations at the University Counseling Center and Oaklawn Psychiatric Center.

Michaela completed a predoctoral internship (eating disorders track) at UC Davis, where she provided individual and group counseling and assessment services to students, and also supervised Master’s level practicum counselors. After earning her doctorate in 2010, she completed a postdoctoral residency at Kaiser Permanente San Rafael’s Department of Psychiatry and Chemical Dependency, where she provided individual, family, and group therapy to children, adolescents, and adults as a member of the Eating Disorders Treatment Team.

She went on to complete specialized research training at the University of Minnesota, as a postdoctoral fellow on the Eating Disorders Research T32 and Interdisciplinary Research Training in Child & Adolescent Primary Care grants. As a member of the Project EAT research team, Michaela conducted original research in the areas of body image, disordered eating, parenting, weight bias and stigma, bullying and harassment, and health promotion. As Intervention Director of the UMatter team, she oversaw development and delivery of a community intervention curriculum for adolescent girls and their mothers. While at the University of Minnesota, Michaela also served as teaching assistant and guest lecturer in the Public Health Nutrition graduate program and Summer Public Health Institute, and developed an online continuing education training on the topic of weight bias in healthcare for the Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach.

Following her postdoctoral training, Michaela was visiting professor at Gustavus Adolphus College. There she mentored undergraduates, advised student groups (including the campus chapter of Active Minds), supervised independent study projects, and taught several popular courses in the Department of Psychological Science. One of these, Understanding Eating Disorders, a course she created, filled to capacity with waiting list each time it was offered.

View a list of Michaela’s published research articles HERE.

Read more about some of Michaela’s favorite professional experiences on her PRESS page.

 

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